6/8/2016 Laguna Beach – Security Nuclear Waste Coalition meeting
A standing-room-only public forum was held at the Laguna Beach City Hall to warn the community about Southern California Edison’s plans to bury radioactive waste near San Onofre State Beach. If nothing is done, the utility will be allowed to bury 2,000 tons of high-level nuclear waste in canister about 1/2″ thick 100 feet from the beach, according to the newly formed Secure Nuclear Waste Coalition, made up of scientists, city leaders and people who live near the San Onofre nuclear plant. The organization is based in Laguna Beach.
“Each canister contains a Chernobyl’s worth of radiation, and there’s 50 of them. And they want to put 100 more without dealing with the fact that ocean air is going to cause them to crack and potentially and even explode,” Donna Gilmore said.
The California Coastal Commission approved the beachfront nuclear waste burial on October 6, 2015. Local Leaders, Scientists Sounding Alarm Over Possible Nuclear Disaster In Southland, June 8, 2016, CBS – Lost Angeles. Watch video.
8/7/2012 Laguna Beach City Council Meeting
Laguna Beach unanimously adopts San Onofre Resolution No.12.068:
… NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that San Onofre should not restart until and unless Edison completes a license amendment process with a public, transparent hearing to determine the safety of the restart plan; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Laguna Beach urges the California Public Utilities Commission to proceed with its plan to expeditiously issue an OII [Order of Investigation] regarding the financial status and viability of San Onofre to protect the ratepayers; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that ratepayers should not be held responsible for errors which led to faulty replacement steam generators being installed, outage expenses, and the need for repair expenses; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that additional incentives and programs are urgently needed to support the rapid installation of new power generation, power savings, and grid stabilizing technologies; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that these new electricity solutions should prioritize efficiency and renewable energy resources whenever possible.
Laguna Beach San Onofre Resolution No.12.068 (Word version).
Laguna Beach San Onofre Resolution No.12.068 (PDF version).
2/7/2012 Laguna Beach City Council Meeting
Laguna Beach City Council says San Onofre is not safe and there is no safe evacuation plan.
The council on a 4 to 1 vote, with Elizabeth Pearson declining, agreed to join San Clemente in demanding that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) enforce stricter safety measures and comprehensive evacuation plans or else permanently shutdown the San Onofre nuclear power plant.
“If it’s so bad that we can’t be evacuated, we need to stop operating it,” said council member Verna Rollinger. “I wish it were going to shut down tomorrow. Either we need to figure out how to deal with nuclear issues in a safe manner or we need to change the way we get our electricity.”
The council will send a letter of support along with a copy of a 1982 city ordinance that supported San Clemente 30 years ago in requesting stricter safety measures when Unit 1 at San Onofre was shut down due to malfunction after only 46 days in operation.
Councilwoman Toni Iseman disclosed that, after five hours of internet research, she learned that Unit 1 is now buried at the San Onofre site.
“They were very thoughtful in the last 10 days to have the incidents that they’ve had so that everybody knows we’re not making this stuff up,” commented Iseman. “It’s one of those things where you go, ‘How did we miss this for so long?”
Tourism, the city’s biggest money-maker, would nosedive with toxic levels of radiation leaks, Iseman said.